12 Critical problems with product development

12 Critical problems with product development orthodoxy

1) Failure to correctly qualtify economics
2) Blindness to Queues
3) Worship of Efficiency
4) Hostility to Variability
5) Worship of Conformance
6) Institutionalization of Large batch sizes
7) Underutilization of Cadence
8) Managing timelines instead of Queues
9) Absence of WIP constraints
10) Inflexibility
11) Noneconimic flow control
12) Centralized control

Excerpt from Donald Reinertsen’s  book – Principles of Product Development Flow
Good book to understand  why and how lean and agile principles solve product development problems
http://www.celeritaspublishing.com/PDFS/ReinertsenFLOWChap1.pdf

Design Thinking – Drive continuous innovation in Agile teams

Design Thinking Introduction – Approach for driving Innovations in Agile teams?

What is Design thinking?

The term refers to a set of principles, from mindset to process,  practices and approches that can be applied to solve complex problems. It’s a structured approach to generating and developing ideas for continuous innovation.


Article from Tim Brown on Design Thinking

RedHat on Design Thinking

Videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAinLaT42xY

Books:

Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation by Tim Brown (Hardcover – Sep 29, 2009)

Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Toolkit for Managers 

Design Thinking: Understanding How Designers Think and Work